Guest Author - Kristi Larson
A timeless and treasured classic, Winnie the Pooh can't help but bring smiles to everyone's heart! January 18th is A. A. Milne's birthday, so what better time to celebrate this sweet, charming teddy bear! He also makes a great theme for a young child's birthday as well!
There are a number of online sites that offer printable pictures and invitations for your Winnie-the-Pooh party! Get creative with your wording, as if you may be the silly old bear yourself! "Hip,Hip, Pooh-ray! It's a Party! Plez joyn us in the Hundred Acre Wood (or at the house on Pooh Corner)on date/time, for the burthday of our good friend (name). Hunny potz are optional.."
or use the lyrics from "Pooh, Pooh, the Birthday Bear"-
"Ready, set, one, Pooh, Eey, ore
Sound the bells go out and tell
The whole world that we're here
'Cos (name) it's true we're throwing you
The grandest party, of, the, year
(name)-the-Pooh, the birthday bear
Today will be a Poohmungous affair
We've baked a home made honey cake
The time is (when), (date) is the date,
So Pooh please don't be late!
The party's at (address)
Also known as the 100 Acre Wood
So join us for hunny pots, cake and more
And RSVP if you could!"
Decorations should include balloons, a tree(s) (even if it's a paper one), pictures of Pooh and his friends, beehives and hunny pots, and a small plastic wheel barrow for Rabbit's garden.
A simple picnic is ideal for food-sandwiches, fruit snacks, and juice boxes served on a blanket. For the cake you could use a cake baked in a bowl and decorate it like a honey pot (or a beehive), with Teddy Grahams stuck on top.
There are many games that are perfect for this theme, and can be varied based on age. For the very young, make bumblebee bean bags filled with rice for them to play with (chew on), let them make hunny pictures by patting their hands on food colored corn syrup drizzled onto paper, or a tigger race (whichever child bounces first, the most, the farthest, etc. wins! For older children they can toss the bees into the hunny pot (beanbags into a laundry basket), Pin the Tail on Eeyore, a Tigger race by bouncing to the finish line, a beehive or hunny pot scavenger hunt. For a craft they can decorate hunny pots (flower pots or gift bags) to take their favors home in.
For favors you can give small stuffed Pooh characters, graham crackers, or character sippie cups for the very young. For older children you could give small bags of yellow jelly beans, stickers, books or color books, fruit snacks, small Pooh toys.
This treasured classic will make the perfect theme for a very special and classic party. No bothers!